The New England Patriots are open to changes and this time they have decided to add a kicker to their active roster. New England has promoted veteran kicker Nick Folk from the practice unit as confirmed by Ian Rapoport from NFL Media.
The Patriots used a new NFL rule to elevate Folk and defensive tackle Xavier Williams from the practice unit this past weekend. This gave players a chance to see some action in the opening game against the Miami Dolphins without disrupting the active roster.
Both players returned to the practice unit after the game. Well, head coach Bill Belichick and his staff have called Folk for a different topic.
The veteran kicker re-signed with the Patriots during trainign camp. Belichick made him compete with Justin Rohrwasser, a fifth-round pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Folk went 0-for-1 on field-goal attempts against the Dolphins, pushing a 45-yard bid wide right. The veteran player converted all three of his extra points.
New England Patriots to keep the veteran kicker around for a while
The Patriots didn’t list this promotion on the NFL transaction wire. There’s a practice unit spot for quarterback Jacob Dolegala. Rohrwasser won’t leave Patriots’ practice squad in the near future.
New England entered Tuesday with two empty spots on the active roster. They placed wide receiver Gunner Olszewski and Yodny Cajuste on injured reserve. There’s just one spot at this point.
Players will return to the practice field Wednesday. The team will travel to Seattle for the Week 2 game, and they better prepare for the Seahawks. This game won’t be an easy bite. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels plans to change the game plan for the upcoming game and analysts have made some bold predictions. Belichick likes Newton’s leg game and having a running signal-caller is definiyely a game-changer for the team. Tom Brady wasn’t a runner and Newton has a completely different style.
Week 1 was easy and Seattle brings a bigger challenge. But, Belichick is an optimist and so is McDaniels. After winning the opening game, Patriots players made analysts change their minds. It turns out that Belichick’s team has the talent to make the big game again.